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  • Learn how to create basic 3D shapes and models
  • View and navigate 3D models
  • Apply user coordinate systems to define workplanes
  • Create 3D models from 2D drawings
  • Apply 3D basic shapes and modify 3D models
  • Master AutoCAD Lighting and materials effects
  • Obtain information from 3D models, like volumes and inertias
  • Create photorealistic images of your 3D models

AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. AutoCAD supports both 2D and 3D formats. AutoCAD is used in a range of industries and is utilized by architects, project managers, and engineers, among others.

"Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design" will take you beyond the 2D frontier and help you create accurate 3D models that simulate reality. This book is crammed full of creative and practical tutorials which will help you master the third dimension. From exercises on coordinate systems to creating solids and surfaces from 2D, you will wonder how you ever designed without this resource by your side.

"Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design" is full of hands-on studies and projects that will help develop your 3D skills. Starting from the assumption of only a very basic knowledge of AutoCAD, this book will help you master 3D visualization and coordinate systems, create 3D models from 2D drawings, and from basic shapes, measure volumes, and other information, obtain 2D construction drawings from 3D models as well as how to apply lights and materials to get photorealistic images.

  • Obtain 2D drawings from 3D models
  • Master AutoCAD’s third dimension
  • Full of practical tips and examples to help take your skills to the next dimension
Page Count 374
Course Length 11 hours 13 minutes
ISBN 9781849699358
Date Of Publication 24 Apr 2013


João Santos

João Santos is the manager and main instructor at QualiCAD (, one of the most important Portuguese ATCs (Autodesk Authorized Training Center), based in Lisbon. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has been teaching AutoCAD for more than 25 years and, most recently teaching several AutoCAD clones such as DraftSight, ZW CAD, ProgeCAD, BitCAD. He is an AutoCAD 2013 and 3ds Max 2013 Certified professional user and instructor, being also the Portuguese instructor in these technologies with more students. João is the author and co-author of more than 40 Portuguese AutoCAD and 3ds Max books. He is also the author of Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design, Packt Publishing.